Which major events and battles were turning points in World War 1 and why ?
The First World War was a global conflict fought primarily between the Entente powers (Russia, France and the British Empire) and the Central Powers (the German Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire). There were many key events and decisive battles that ultimately contributed to the allied victory in the war, some of the major ones were:
- The Battle of Jutland- This naval engagement was a strategic victory for the British navy and cemented allied control over the high seas.
- The sinking of the Lusitania by German U-boats – This incident sparked the United States entry into the war on the behalf of the allied powers, which helped shore up their numbers and lead to the eventual capitulation of the Central Powers.
- Hundred Days Offensive – This was the final push by the Allied powers against the Central Powers military formations on the western front. It resulted in the expulsion of all Central powers forces from French soil and their eventual capitulation.